The first consultation on a personal injury case can be intimidating because you don’t know what to expect. It’s important that the law firm puts you at ease, so you can trust them to handle your case.
So, what exactly can you expect at your first consultation? Here are some of the most important things you want to hear at that first meeting with a prospective lawyer.
At the first consultation, you should expect the attorneys to ask many detailed questions about every aspect of your case.
You should expect the team to take a lot of notes, and to ask for important documents such as the police accident report, a list of witnesses, and medical reports.
The lawyers will probe the events of the accident from every angle in order to determine if you have a strong claim, so it’s a red flag if you don’t hear a lot of questions.
And experienced lawyers will also ask you to recount every decision you made during the events that caused your injury.
This type of questioning can help them understand how the other side’s legal representatives may seek to discredit you.
After you’ve discussed your case in detail, you should expect the lawyers to tell you how they would strategize your claim.
This would include how the attorneys plan on unearthing more evidence, questioning witnesses, and making the case against those responsible for your injury.
It’s vital that you understand the legal process going forward, and whether or not the firm believes your case can be settled, or the likelihood that a trial will be necessary.
One thing to remember, however, is that no good lawyer should tell you how much your case is worth, or make any estimation about the amount of a possible settlement.
That’s because there are still too many unknown variables, including the final amount of your medical bills, the final amount of lost wages due to missed work, and the permanence of your injuries.
During a personal injury claim, communication between you and your team of lawyers is vital. That’s because claims are often fluid, and things can change from one day to the next.
And as unforeseen circumstances occur, you will need the confidence that you can reach your lawyer as soon as possible, whether that’s by email, phone, or text.
At that first meeting, your lawyer should provide you with the communication channels they use to keep you informed at all times, as well as how you can reach them.
The most important thing for you to know is who you will be speaking to for the majority of the time, and the contingencies the firm has in place if that person is not available to speak with you right away.
Putting you at ease is the main focus of first consultations at Fitch & Stahle. Please contact us today at (402) 494-3012 to schedule a meeting about your claim.
After you’ve survived an injury-causing accident that was not your fault, the main job of a personal injury attorney is to prove that the other party was wholly responsible for what occurred.
But how exactly does a lawyer make that case?
In other words, what is the process that a personal injury lawyer takes to help prove that his or her client did not cause the accident?
An accident of any kind, whether it involves a motor vehicle, or a slip-and-fall at the workplace can impact your life in ways you never expected, especially if you suffered serious injuries. And after this type of event occurs, the question often arises:
How long should you wait before you contact a legal advisor?
Most personal injury lawyers would answer with one word: immediately.
And that’s true, but what’s more important is for you to understand why contacting an attorney as quickly as possible can positively affect your legal claim.